U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, will withdraw from primary race amid sexual misconduct allegations. U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, under fire over a sexual harassment lawsuit, will withdraw from the March 6 Republican primary, the "Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times" is reporting. Mike Bergsma, chairman of the Nueces County Republican Party, said he was told this morning by Farenthold's campaign team he will not seek re-election next year. A statement from Farenthold's camp was expected later this morning. Farenthold, has been under fire since it was disclosed that he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide with $84,000 in taxpayers' money. Ref. USAToday.